Ethical drama about tough cookie Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), principal of a Catholic grade school in the Bronx in 1964, who decides that there is something wrong about the relationship between progressive Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and one of his young students. Amy Adams and Viola Davis costar in John Patrick Stanley's adaptation of his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play. Despite its realistic settings, the movie still comes off more like a play, and Stanley is far from subtle with his use of symbolism — which is not necessarily a bad thing. The movie packs a punch, and Streep and Hoffman offer big juicy gimme-an-Oscar-nomination performances. 104 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes featurettes, but no gag reel. How odd.

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